In June 2020, we’re in the midst of one of the most turbulent periods in recent memory. Health, economic and social crises are plaguing our nation. Most of us have difficulties keeping our attention on the work at hand. We’re focusing on a variety of things at once. In one of my monthly 1000-word emails to my customers and students, one of my readers commented: In spite of the fact that this email is critical, my mind keeps wandering to the next thing I need to accomplish and I find myself skimming over the text. Because there is so much information, which is tough to go through, and because of this, I believe I am experiencing entrepreneurial anxiety.
That’s something I can identify with. The commenter made a great point. We’re stressed out because we’re dealing with so much information. We’re curious about the state of the planet and the people in our neighbourhoods. Despite our desire to keep informed and take action, is the worry worth it? Learn to regulate your focus if you want to overcome that form of anxiousness.
To that end, I’ve compiled a list of four suggestions.
1. Improve Your Information Consumption
One of Darren Hardy’s books, The Power of Compounding, is one of my favourites for personal growth. Darren discusses the influence of the “Garbage In, Garbage Out” axiom on our attitude toward life in that book.
You’ll get the same results if you just read or watch news stories that incite dread in the reader. In my mind, it’s like this: Fear enters the body, and fear exits.
Having dread in your head does not guarantee that it will not have an effect on you. A week of watching television news will convert even the most confident individual into a shell of their former self. Fear-mongering has an effect on everyone. Make sure you’re aware of what you’re allowing to enter your head. Try to get information from more than one source rather than depending just on social media and television. Also, seek it out from private persons rather than institutional sources. Writers and journalists who aren’t influenced by corporate or ideological interests are many.
2. Take Action Instead of Just Saying Things
You don’t have to worry about how you seem to others. The fact that you’re against social injustice and sympathetic to those who are suffering as a result of Covid-19 does not need a constant demonstration. It seems that individuals are more concerned with what they say than what they do. Don’t waste your time on things that don’t have an influence on the world. Nike’s approach to social concerns over the last several years has impressed me. For example, in 2018, they publicly supported Colin Kaepernick’s Black Lives Matter protest. In spite of the criticism, they went through with the project. This is a great example of how Alex Ohanian from Reddit stepped down from his position on the board to encourage diversity. That’s an actual thing. You don’t have to worry about all the things you should have done if you do the right thing.
3. Make a Good First Impression
One of my goals in life is to be kinder to others around me. I’ve been working on this for a long time. For example, if I pay for something and it doesn’t operate well, I tend to feel irritated. My website was recently taken down by my hosting provider because they detected malware on it. And when I went to contact the firm, it wasn’t that simple. I tried to connect with a support person on their website, but they couldn’t assist me. He instructed me to send an email to him. I’d previously done that and hadn’t heard back from them. That enraged me. Instead of giving in to my feelings, I fought them. I choose to be polite from the get-go when I spoke with their customer service reps. In the past, I would call them in an irritated tone since the person on the chat couldn’t assist.
Michiel (Dutch name) proved to be an excellent member of the support staff. I could hear his infant crying as he worked from home. My son is resting his head on my lap as I’m working. “I’m in love,” he said. He was ultimately able to solve the issue (my site was fine, it was something else). Behaving politely is the greatest choice since it needs less effort. When you’re enraged, your focus shifts to the bad feelings you’re experiencing. And that’s a source of worry. 2 Being courteous will help you avoid this.
4. Avoid Making “Minor” Errors
Last weekend, after an absence of three months due to social isolation, I was able to see my dear buddy Quincy again. We had a little KFC two days ago and my belly still feels funny,” he stated when I asked him how he was doing. The thought has occurred to me. He did go to the bathroom for longer than normal. It’s a pain in the neck. Because we aren’t machines, we’re all familiar with what it’s like to stray from the route. Every one of us has lapses in judgement. Some people’s idea of a good time is binge-watching a whole season of a television programme for the duration of the weekend, while others simply don’t want to leave the home because they’re too tired. Having a cheat meal or taking a break is OK. I’m not referring to a vacation or a time to relax. I’m referring to the idea that “one piece of chocolate won’t do any harm.” If you do it every day, it will eventually start to damage your back and hips. As soon as one slip-up occurs, it’s simple to make another. In the blink of an eye, you’ve wiped out all of your momenta. You’re back where you started. Why is this important to you? Because starting over again requires a significant amount of effort. And it implies that you’ll constantly have to concentrate on getting started, rather than making steady progress in your endeavours.
You’re the Centre of Everything, so Pay Attention!
My mind does what pleases me, and I can’t stop it. False. To regulate your thoughts, you must be able to disregard anything that isn’t important to you. How to do it? Ignore the ideas that don’t matter. Practice makes perfect. I’ve been practising for a long time. My thoughts used to be all over the place. I was unable to maintain concentration for more than five minutes on a single job. Then, though, I grasped the importance of the issue. As a person, you have the power to direct your attention. Why? Because that’s what it’s all about the more you regulate your attention, the more power you have over your thoughts. As a consequence, you have complete authority over your daily activities. But the first step is to control your thoughts. Consider yourself the guardian of the most important resource on Earth: your own thoughts and feelings. When you give it time and attention, it will ultimately do what you want it to. It will bring you serenity if you desire it. It offers you what you want if you want it. The bargain is yours. The most essential instrument in life is yours to use.